Lollapalooza Spotlight: Gary Clark Jr.
Called the “The Next Hendrix” by the New York Times and “The Savior of Blues” by many others, Gary Clark Jr. is one artist you are not going to want to miss during Lollapalooza 2012. Growing up in Austin, Texas, Clark flourished in the city’s celebrated music scene. He spent his teenage years performing at local venues, quickly rising through the ranks. So much so that by the age of 17, Austin’s mayor declared the city would dedicate a day to the young musician, thus making May 3rd “Gary Clark Jr. Day.”
Gary Clark Jr. spent the next several years performing, touring and recording, constantly improving and constantly receiving recognition for his remarkable talents. However, Clark’s biggest break came right here in Chicago in 2010 as he explained in interview with SPIN Magazine…In front of 20,000 people in Chicago’s Toyota Park stadium at a concert designed to deify six-stringers — was his creation-myth moment. “It was the biggest crowd I’ve ever played,” remembers Clark. “And I look over and Clapton’s onstage [watching]. It was a surreal, inspiring, out-of-body thing. Like, yeah, I should be doing this for a living.”
While performing in front of tens of thousands of people and a music icon like Clapton was certainly a milestone moment in Gary Clark Jr.’s career in 2010, these things have since become a pretty regular occurrence for the now 28-year-old artist. He’s now shared stages with the likes of B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Metallica and Questlove to name a few and is now in the forefront of artists when it comes to blues, rock and soul music. Take a listen to Gary Clark Jr.’s critically acclaimed Bright Lights EP below and make sure to get your 2012 Lollapalooza tickets for your chance to see his incredible live set.
Gary Clark Jr. will perform at Lollapalooza on Sunday August 5th
Get more info by following @GaryClarkJr on Twitter
Don’t miss out on the city’s largest and most diverse music festival taking place at beautiful Grant Park August 3-5!
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